I’ve been thinking a lot about what I should put on my Walt Disney World bucket list for our 2016 holiday. Most online bucket lists are for first timers, like staying in a Disney hotel or visiting the resorts on the monorail loop. Others are sadly out of my price range, like the Chef’s menu at Victoria and Albert’s or getting a private tour guide. Since I have been lucky enough to visit the place where magic lives several times, I’m ready for the more advanced version without the huge price tag so I decided to put together my own list.
These are all the little things that we’re hoping to fit into our October 2016 holiday. We might not be able to squeeze them all into our jam-packed plan, but we’ll definitely give it a go. And if we don’t make it? Then we’ll just have to come back again in a few years. Sounds like the perfect excuse.
- Get a cocktail at Trader Sams in the Polynesian. This will be my first trip as a proper over-21 adult, so I’m looking forward to going here for a cocktail. Something different happens in the bar depending on which drink is ordered and it sounds like a lot of fun.
- Stroll around Animal Kingdom after dark. I was lucky enough to do this when the park had closed to guests back when I was a Cast Member, and I think this park has the most amazing atmosphere at night. I can’t wait to be able to do this while enjoying the new entertainment they have on offer.
- Eat an ice cream at Beaches & Cream. Despite hearing amazing things about this ice cream parlor in the Beach Club Resort near Epcot, I’ve never actually been. The two of us will definitely not be able to handle the humongous kitchen sink dessert, but their smaller offerings look delicious as well.
- Sparkles from the Fairy Godmothers. Most hardcore Disney fans will know this, but it’s a lesser-known secret. If you kindly ask some of the Cast Members in the gift shop near Cinderella’s Castle, they can give you a sprinkling of pixie dust in your hair. You’ll feel a little bit magical for the rest of the day.
- Meeting the Ugly Stepsisters and Gaston. These characters appear intermittently throughout the day, so I always seem to miss them. This time, we’re going to try and get the times of their sets from Guest Services so we can be ready and waiting when they waltz across Fantasyland.
- Eat around the world at the Food & Wine Festival. In October, the festival will be in full swing so we’re going to take advantage of the numerous food stands around the World Showcase in Epcot. I want to try as many different things as possible.
- Watch the Dapper Dans on Main Street. Again, this is one of the things that is always elusive to me. If I do manage to see this singing Barbershop Quartet, they always seem to just be finishing their set. Hopefully we can catch their full performance this week.
- Pick a pearl in Japan. If my finances won’t stretch quite that far, I’m more than happy to watch as the Cast Members reveal how large the pearls are inside various clams. It may not sound fun, but they make it into such a performance. I’ve stood and watched for at least half an hour before!
- Trade Disney pins – and maybe Vinylmation as well. I love trading pins with Cast Members, so I definitely want to fit in some time for trading this trip.
- Make the most out of our resort. We’re going to be so busy playing in the parks that it will be easy to forget to explore all of the Caribbean Beach Resort. I’m going to take my running gear and hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in one or two morning laps around the lake. It sounds like absolute paradise.
Can you think of anything else that I should try to squeeze into our plan? And what are you Disney World bucket list items? Let me know in the comments!